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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Hemp and Buttons ATCs on: July 31, 2010 01:11:06 AM
I was using a hole punch for some other cards (here's a link to their thread, if you're interested https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355353.0 ), and I had some hemp string handy, so I got the idea of putting the hemp and punch to good use for some ATCs.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Foil and Glitter Artist Trading Cards on: July 31, 2010 01:04:14 AM
At Easter time I ate a LOT of tiny chocolate eggs, which were wrapped in foil with a colourful pattern.  I knew almost immediately that I wanted to turn the wrappers into a craft, so I squirrelled them all away and have finally started to use them for this batch of ATCs. Enjoy!

(note: the last card doesn't actually use the foil -  it was a random bit of madness between foil cards when I had some glitter glue in my hand...)

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Paper Chain Artist Trading Cards on: July 31, 2010 01:01:17 AM
These cards take forever to make, but I love the end result.  I cut up flyers / junk mail and weave the paper into little chains which I then piece together. Enjoy!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Spin-Art Trading Cards on: July 31, 2010 12:58:10 AM
My fianc's dad rigged up an old fan to mount ATCs on, spin them, and then dump paint on them.  His creations are fantastic, and my creations are ... well, they're here!

Spring 2010 Spin-Art Trading Cards:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / First-Ever ATCs! on: June 17, 2010 08:30:52 AM
Hello, All -

A friend has been encouraging me for the last 2 years to start making ATCs, and I've finally taken her advice. 

These are my first attempts at ATCs.  I'm really passionate about recycling and "being green" (which is to say, I do the best I can) and I enjoy creating art from found objects and creating multi-media or paper sculpture.  I was getting really frustrated at the amount of junk mail I was receiving, so I decided to turn it into art.

I made these cards by cutting junk mail flyers into strips, folding them, and weaving them together into short chains.  I then hot-glued them together (which made for a bit of a messy product, so I'll be working on that).  All of the statements on the cards are taken directly from the flyers, not pieced together by me.

This first one was made from an AMA flyer - I'm a member, so they can address the junk mail directly to me, thus circumventing my "NO JUNK MAIL" arrangement with the mail carrier.  The statement "another reason to renew" was directly from the flyer, and I found it a little ironic.

This one is made from a clothing store flyer. 

The last one is double sided.  Here's the front...

and the back ...

Again, these are my first so I'd really appreciate any feedback.  Are these the sort of thing you'd want to trade for??

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Columbia Shoe Bank - RHPS on: June 17, 2010 07:03:50 AM
In August 2008, I participated in the Rocky Horror Picture Show swap and never got around to posting my projects alone.  

My swap partner's favourite character in the movie was Columbia, so I made a "piggy" bank meant to look like one of Columbia's tap shoes.  

*edit:  Found a better pic

I made this basically from objects I found around the house.  The shoe is an old character shoe of mine from my theatre days and the "ankle" is an old jar.  I had a miss-matched white sock which I tried to die with food colouring (fyi - this does not work...), then decided to paint over with layers and layers and layers of some blue glitter glue.  The fishnet "stocking" is actually a mis-matched fishnet wrist cuff.  There is a coin slot punched into the jar lid.  
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Science Fiction Double Feature - RHPS Fabric Art on: June 17, 2010 06:54:03 AM
Hey, everyone!  This is a fabric wall hanging made for the Rocky Horror Picture Show swap which took place in August 2008.  It has been a while since I posted, obviously. The piece is modelled after the singing lips in the opening credits of the movie.  

I made this from random stuff I found around the house.  I was originally going to try to make a mosaic, but it is harder than I thought to find a bunch of red glass and pottery to break, so this fabric piece developed.

*edit:  Found better pic

I started with a large canvas I had sitting around for ages. I got the black fabric from a dress which I had actually used for my Magenta costume when I went to Rocky Horror Picture Show. The red and pink fabrics are from old shirts. I used scrap-booking stamps and ink for the lettering, and the teeth (white poster board) and tongue are painted over with gold glitter glue.

Hope you like! It's good to be back!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A healthy way to use an ash-tray - image heavy? on: April 03, 2008 03:49:58 PM
So, I've finally quit smoking for good and I was wondering what to do with my old ash trays.  At the same time, one of my big-ass candles had burned down and left some excess wax.  I have never made my own candle before, so I figured this was as good a chance as any and voila... a Recycled Ash Tray Candle.

Here is a jam jar with some wax chunks being boiled.  I felt very high tech.

Next, I prepped the ashtrays - I only ended up using one.  I used hemp string for wicks and anchored them with some copper coins I had left from another project.  It will be like treasure at the end - yay!

My end product: 

Overall I'm stoked at my first foray into the art of melted wax (at least in a PG forum), but can anyone tell me why the wax ended up being dimpled on the top?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Pirate Belt - ARGH! on: April 02, 2008 12:27:10 PM
(my first post - how exciting!!)

So, my older sister has an obsession with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Johnny Depp, and Pirates in general.  For her birthday, I wanted to be cool BUT I'm too lazy to make a movie and not willing enough to be arrested for kidnapping Johnny Depp SO... I made her an awesome pirate belt/sash.

I made the belt on my Knifty Knitter (knitting loom) but I only used the first 10 pegs as I wanted a slender width.  I was originally planning to crochet the belt, but the knitting loom gave a more flexible weave (more sash-like). 

On each end I threaded on some copper coins that I drilled with a regular handi-man's drill (thanks to my Daddy for showing me how).  It do be booty, me hearties.  Argh!

***** EDIT - I think I have the picture thing figured out****

Here is a pic of me modeling the belt, and thanks to my expert photography skills you cannot see my head.  HOT.

Here is a pic of the belt just sitting there like a snake barfing and crapping coins.  Nice.

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